Allis Chalmers WD45 Power Steering Conversions

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asked Oct 26, 2016 in Tractors by BillyBob (610 points)
I am not deciding to conduct this conversion anytime soon but I would like to mention that my WD45 is very difficult to steer, especially when I have a 1000# hay bale on its spear which has been bucket-mounted. My unit is manual steering and making a turn that is more than a gradual arc is close to impossible without having to use the brakes.

I have been considering that having power steering would be regarded as a useful upgrade. Not so long ago I was replacing the steering-rack in a car for my daughter and while I was doing this I thought to myself that with a bit of retro-engineering, some welded brackets along with a mounting plate, some extended tie-rods and a p/s pump that is mounted that runs off the fan-belt, I may have success. I would like to ask if anyone has tried this and how heavy duty would a vehicle need to be if I took out the steering rack for my tractor?

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answered Oct 26, 2016 by Donny76 (480 points)
I would suggest that you could try out something such as power assist. Meaning that the steering draglink has a more flexible connection that runs to the spool valve on what is known as the Da cyl and then have one of the cyl ends anchored on top a pivot from eh engine rail and on the other *** anchored onto the pitman-arm and so on. Or maybe consider a “ford row single cyl” setup explained as a valve in the cyl design or you could choose an orbital-valve.